Divorce is never easy, but when both parents prioritize the well-being of the children they share, everybody wins. This includes having a clear co-parenting plan in place during all life’s events, from everyday interactions to holidays and vacations. Following are some tips from the attorneys at Simpson Legal Group, LLC on effectively co-parenting from a divorce.
Be Familiar With Your Divorce Decree
If you have not already, one of the first things you should do is re-read any orders or parenting plans that were entered in your case. Familiarize yourself with the terms, and make certain to abide by any rules they contain. For example, many orders state that Parent A must notify Parent B of the time periods over the summer when they want to take the children on vacation. If your order contains this type of provision, abide by it to prevent any problems with your ability to spend time with your children.
If it has been a while since your order and parenting plan were entered into, and circumstances have changed warranting a modification, speak with your co-parent. If you can agree to the changes, having your attorney(s) prepare and file the paperwork should not be a problem. If you are unable to agree on the changes, schedule a time to meet with your lawyer to discuss your next step.
Keep An Open Line of Communication
One significant complication in many co-parenting situations is a lack of communication. It is important to inform the other parent of your plans with plenty of notice. Show them the same courtesy you expect to be shown. If you are not able to effectively communicate with one another, it may be in everyone’s best interest to look into an app where you can keep a shared calendar. Some courts even require that parents do this, so everyone is on the same page. Remember that these calendars are only helpful when the information they contain is current and correct.
Involve the Other Parent
While no one expects you to join your ex on a fun-filled family vacation, there are things you can do to help your child feel like they are still connected to their other parent while encouraging a healthy co-parenting relationship. For example, allow your children to call their other parent and tell them about the fun things they are doing on their vacation, or even text them pictures of their adventures. Little things like this can go a long way, and remember, putting the needs and wants of your children first is always the right thing to do.
Speak With A Family Law Attorney At Simpson Legal Group, LLC
A family law attorney at Simpson Legal Group can help you with all your divorce needs, including making certain your parenting plan includes an effective agreement regarding vacations. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation. We may be reached by calling 712-256-9899 or via our contact page.